Using the mechanical system of the FN 1900 design, but enlarged into a monsterous handgun, these pistols were manufactured between 1916 and 1921. The grip pannels are marked with ‘Shanghai Arsenal’ on the left side, and ‘Made for the Republic of China 10th Year’ on the right side. With a 5.5 inch barrel, the grip was extended from FN 1900 design to hold 10 rounds in a single stacked magazine as opposed to 8 in the original design. Functional tangent rear sight graduated out to 500 meters, back grip strap cut for a detachable shoulder stock. This pistol is nearly identical to the one (SN: A355) photographed and described in “Pistols of the Warlords 1911-1949” by Ian McCollum, on page 35. With an estimated total production fewer than 2,801 pistols, this is one of the highest quality and distinctive Warlord pistols extant.
Shanghai Arsenal pistol-carbine variation of the FN 1900 – one of the most distinctive, high quality Chinese pistols of the era!
Excellent arsenal refurbished finish with some light pitting on the left side of the frame between the trigger and safety. Sharp edge wear as reflective of a lightly used pistol. Crisp replacement grips, virtually impossible to tell from the originals. One of the more interesting FN 1900 copies with tangent sight and reinforced slotted backstrap for shoulder stock. NOT TO BE FIRED! NOT TO BE FIRED! NOT TO BE FIRED!